We are delighted to welcome Rev. Doug McCusker as our full-time minister. Rev. Doug comes to us from the UU Congregation of Rockville, MD, where he served as part-time Assistant Minister. Before that, he completed his two-year ministerial internship at River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda, MD. He also has a wealth of experience as a longtime member and lay leader of Accotink UU Church in Burke, VA. His vision of ministry is one of helping others seek and express meaning, purpose, and connection to something beyond themselves.
Rev. Doug is originally from Richmond, VA, the son of a mother who immgrated to this country from Colombia and a German-Irish father from Philadelphia. While he was young, his grandmother lived in the home, teaching Rev. Doug and his siblings to speak Spanish. Rev. Doug is proud of his Latino heritage, and his multicultural upbringing informs many aspects of his ministry.
Rev. Doug graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1980 with a B.A. in Government. In 1982, he earned a postgraduate certificate in Cartography from the University of Mary Washington and began a career as a cartographer with the Dept. of Defense. Rev. Doug earned his M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University in 2005.
Rev. Doug, along with his wife Marie and daughter Bree, began attending Accotink UU Church in 1999. He was an active volunteer and lay leader, and it was because of the satisfying and meaningful lay ministry work he did there that he began to feel the first stirrings of a call to ministry. As Rev. Doug neared retirement with the federal government, he answered that call, earning his M. Div. degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2014. He was ordained in March 2015.
Rev. Doug has now officially joined UUFF as our full-time minister, and his first service in that capacity will be our multigenerational Water Service on September 13, 2015.